Ca Mau shrimp industry picks up

Monday, Jun 15, 2020 07:40

Ca Mau Province is seeing a rise in shrimp export and prices compared to mid-March. – VNA Photo Ngoc Ha

Shrimp exports and prices in Ca Mau Province are showing signs of recovery after being heavily affected by COVID-19.

According to Ca Mau People’s Committee, the province’s shrimp export turnover during the first four months of the year saw a 20 per cent drop year-on-year due to COVID-19. But shrimp export turnover is now only 10 per cent lower compared to the same period last year.

Since shrimp exports are picking up, the price of shrimp material is also rising. For instance, whiteleg shrimp (the 100 shrimp per kilo variety) is being sold for VND86,000 (US$3.7) per kilo, which is 20 per cent higher compared to mid-March.

The price for giant tiger shrimp, while still lower than before COVID-19, has seen an increase of VND10,000 – 15,000 per kilo compared to mid-March.

Duong Vu Nam, deputy director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, said that several markets for shrimp such as China, South Korea, Japan and some European countries are relaxing their COVID-19 prevention measures and resuming their imports.

Meanwhile, large shrimp suppliers such as India and Indonesia have been heavily impacted by the pandemic, which may lower global shrimp supply and provide an opportunity for Ca Mau’s shrimp industry.

To facilitate export growth quickly and sustainably, Nguyen Tien Hai, chairman of the People’s Committee, has instructed departments and authorities to push for more productive farming models and carry out demand and market price forecasts to help farmers with production.

Businesses should resume trade activities quickly with the countries that have controlled the pandemic early, and find new markets as opposed to waiting for existing ones where COVID-19 is still active, Hai said.

Ca Mau has one of the largest aquaculture farming areas in Viet Nam, at around 302,000 hectares, and exports nearly $1.2 billion worth of shrimp annually. – VNS

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